The San Marcos Police Department will host a public memorial honoring Officer Justin Putnam on the first anniversary of his death, Sunday, Apr. 18, 2021, at Five Mile Dam Park’s soccer complex, 4440 South Old Stagecoach Road. The event will begin at 5:45 p.m.
Officer Putnam, Officer Franco Stewart, and Officer Justin Mueller were ambushed and shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex in San Marcos on April 18, 2020. Putnam died at the scene. Stewart and Mueller recovered from life-threatening injuries and have returned to duty.
Putnam grew up in Austin and attended Texas State University. He graduated with honors in 2011 in pursuit of a career in criminal justice and served as a San Marcos Police officer for 5 ½ years. He was assigned to the Patrol Division and excelled as a Field Training Officer.
Putnam is remembered for his care and commitment to his community, both on and off duty. The memorial, to be held at the park Putnam regularly visited with his dogs, will serve as a joyful recognition of his service and will feature guest speakers and a moment of reflection. A formal funeral service with full honors will be held at a later date.
“We think about Justin every day and the impact he had not only on our lives but on the lives of our community and the many young people he inspired,” said Director of Public Safety Chase Stapp. “We lost a true hero, friend, and dedicated public servant and we’re glad to finally join together to honor his contributions and ultimate sacrifice.”
The memorial service at Five Mile Dam Park will be open to the public. Congressman Chip Roy will be at the event to present flags to Stewart and Mueller. Attendees are encouraged to carpool if possible as parking space is limited.
Members of the media interested in attending the memorial service are asked to RSVP by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 15 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.